is this normal ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by katssmilin, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. katssmilin

    katssmilin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 3 RIR's and when we built the coop we had 4 separate stalls ... 1 for food and the other three were for each one to make a nest to lay eggs. They are all using the same nest?? I thought each would want their own.
     
  2. ozarkmomma

    ozarkmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perfectly normal. I have 8 nesting boxes for 12 hens and they all use the same 2-3 boxes to lay in.
     
  3. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    My hens line up like an airport runway, all waiting for the same box. Sometimes as many as three are crammed in the same box.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    And oh my goodness! the fights that start when a top-ranking hens find their favorite box already occupied. [​IMG]
     
  5. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    12 hens, 3 boxes, they all use the same box, often two or three hens in it at the same time. I'm surprised more of the eggs don't get damaged. [​IMG]
     
  6. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 7 boxes and 10 layers at this point. 2 barreds use #1 box 4rir and 1 barred use the #6 box and the rest use any box. Nobody uses #3 box,might have found 1 egg in it ever.
     
  7. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 all laying in one spot, but have 4 nest boxes!
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Normal.
     

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